Society of the Old West

From early westward expansion through the early 20th Century.

Yesterday I read quite a blog review of the new Lone Ranger movie, and I can sum it up in one sentence. Don't waste your hard-earned money. I knew something was up when they cast Johnny Depp as Tonto, as opposed to a Native American actor. Granted, I like Johnny Depp. He's a fine actor, but he's known for playing eccentric characters, and according to what I'm reading, this interpretation of Tonto isn't just eccentric, it's downright bizarre. Tonto is a few bricks short of a load and he spends his time "feeding" a dead crow. (Eew! Wouldn't that get kind of stinky after awhile?)

Again, according to the blogger, the movie is both graphic and extremely violent--certainly not suitable for family viewing. Suffice to say this isn't The Lone Ranger that I grew up with, and I find that very disappointing. Granted, the Clayton Moore series had it's flaws too, but it was essentially about the difference between right and wrong, and good ultimately triumphing over evil. After reading the review, I'm not really sure what the point of this new version was. All I can tell you is that between the cost of the ticket, the popcorn and a soda, I'm usually out a good thirty bucks every time I step into a movie theater. (Which doesn't happen too often anymore.) If I'm going to have to put up with kids running up and down the aisle and some bonehead texting on his phone it'd better be good. Somehow I don't think I'm going to pony up for this one. Might not put it on my Netflix list either. That'd be two hours of my life that I could never get back.


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Comment by Carbine on August 2, 2013 at 8:30pm

Excuse me if I am too much of a "Traditionalist",  but I have no desire to watch the "New Lone Ranger". As to Dirt and Patrick- I too, quench my thirst with Encore Westerns channel. And as Dirt notes there are other options out there such as; INSP TV has saddle up Saturdays showing such shows as the Virginian, The Big Valley, The High Chaparral, Dr. Quinn and Bonanza. They even telecast some of these Westerns during weekdays.

RFD TV shows Roy Rogers on Sunday mornings. And don't forget AMC often has a Western line up most Saturdays beginning with the Rifleman episodes. All else fails I always go back to the book shelf and pull out a western historical or non- fiction western. Seems like I have been reading more books on the Old West then relying on Hollywood.

Gayle put it right on the bulls eye. Good to see you back in the saddle Patrick.  

Comment by Gayle Martin on July 31, 2013 at 9:10am

I think things are cyclical. Westerns were big in the  1930s through the 1970s. Then Star Wars came along, which was really a scifi western, and it heralded in the scifi-fantasy era. It too is cyclical, and if news reports I'm reading about Hollywood's lackluster summer are true, people have grown weary of the sci-fi, comic book movies as well. Hollywood needs to stop making movies with special effects looking for a plot and go back to good old-fashioned storytelling. However, I'm not holding my breath.

Comment by dirtrider on July 31, 2013 at 5:26am

For those like Patrick, who enjoy the good quality westerns, it seems there is only the Encore Western channel on tv.  At least with our provider, Dish.  There may be others in other locations.   Be sure to check the optional channels that are available on your service.

Comment by dirtrider on July 4, 2013 at 11:10am

It is a sorry waste of time and money.

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